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Nursery nurses and assistants

Average National Salaries (2017)

Age 20

£10,920 pile of coins

Age 35

£18,200 pile of coins

Age 50

£19,760 pile of coins
Average salary in the East Midlands: £13,000

What does this career do?

Nursery nurses and assistants care for children from birth up to seven years of age in day or residential nurseries, children’s homes, maternity units and similar establishments.

Typical tasks

  • baths, dresses, prepares feed for and feeds babies, changes babies clothing whenever necessary
  • supervises young children at mealtimes
  • plans and organises games and other activities and supervises children’s play
  • reads stories, organises counting games to help develop language and number skills
  • writes reports on children’s development and maintains awareness of health and safety issues
  • communicates with parents and colleagues on children’s development and well-being.

Current entry requirements

Entry is most common with GCSEs/S grades followed by the award of a certificate from the Council for Awards in Children’s Care and Education. An NVQ/SVQ in Child Care and Education or equivalent qualification at level 3 is required to work as a nursery nurse. CRB clearance is mandatory.

Percentage in work

  • Employed

  • Unemployed

Male
(2018)
Female
(2018)

Due to insufficient sample sizes, some data was excised.

Predicted employment status in 2022

  • Part-time

  • Self Employed

  • Full-time

Predicted employment levels in the East Midlands

Career related courses available at West Notts

About the statistics

Data is powered by LMI for All and is sourced from labour market statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the Institute for Employment Research, the Department for Works and Pensions, and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

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*Value added is a measure of a student’s progress against their starting point
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